Games take you to a new world of endless possibilities. And in those possibilities, people should be treated with the utmost respect and understanding. Gaming should be a safe space for anyone, regardless of their sexual identity or gender.

There shouldn’t be gate keeping, as it prevents people from entering the fold, entering those spaces where community should be key. Don’t keep people out based on their gender. Don’t make someone feel like they’re lesser than you based on their gender. And if you ever see any of your friends or family members doing exactly that, stand up for the innocents.

Nerd and Geek Culture needs to be open for all, and should never be taken and used as a weapon against someone else. No one enjoys feeling like they’re less than, like they aren’t allowed to enjoy something. Gamers are capable of reaching incredible heights. Let’s level up beyond this harassment and grow up like Mario and those Mushrooms.

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